Recent Salads and Meals Plus What’s Back In Stock


I held off a day on my usual Wednesday food-related chat because I’m off from work today which makes it easier to gather details together. While I don’t celebrate Christmas, I certainly appreciate this time of year for the it’s-the-holidays-time-to-take-off vibe!

Just a few meals and things to share for today….let’s take a look.

I get the same salad every time from Beatnic. Maybe I will try a different salad next time?

Maybe, but not likely. I’m way too much of a creature of habit. Instead, I order the same salad and taste the fries and dipping sauces that other people order.

But seriously, what a great 100% vegan restaurant.

beatnic salad

Another week, another salad from Chopt.


The line at Town Bagel is never short. It’s a commitment to wanting your food when you walk in and realize you will be waiting in the line for a bit. Or more than a bit.

town bagel

The wait is always worth this finely chopped salad. I’m not really sure of every salad ingredient I chose this time, I just checked off a lot of toppings boxes when filling out my chopped salad form.

I’m sure that I’m leaving something out but if I had to guess, this is what I ordered:

  • Romaine
  • Avocado
  • Chickpeas
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Celery
  • Roasted Cauliflower


I toasted a bagel (from Town Bagel) for dinner one night and couldn’t decide between vegetable cream cheese or my melted mozzarella tomato combo so I did half of each. It’s much better for me to not limit myself and eat both than try to decide and then feel like I maybe wanted the other option.

Messy looking, especially with the seeds on the plate — but so delicious.


It’s that time of year again when I decide I want to make Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. I cooked it in a pan with the rest of the frozen vegetables in my freezer and added mozzarella cheese too.

Oh, and I finally opened the jar of Trader Joe’s Autumnal Harvest pasta sauce to mix in — it’s very good!

cauliflower gnocchi

And finally, look what’s back in stock at Trader Joe’s! I was so happy to see my favorite variety of tomato soup again.

trader joes tomato roasted red pepper soup

Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

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